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Story of Author LaWanda Lewis Burrell

Writing has never been optional for Author LaWanda Lewis Burrell. Like eating and breathing, it’s something integral to her existence. Growing up she was often told that she was a great storyteller with a broad imagination.

LaWanda was inspired to write her book after accepting a position as a HR Director, but later noticed it was a toxic work environment. She got the courage to speak up for the unethical behaviors, but was later harassed and terminated.

After praying in the closet, LaWanda reached for a box on the top shelf and out fell a journal that she had written 5 years prior. She immediately started to type her first draft of her book. God blessed her with a book contract after she forgave the ones that mistreated her.

LaWanda's pain turned into her passion and God revealed her purpose.


Stand Up, Speak Up, Because Your Time's Up: Restoring Hope in the Time of Adversity

Ananda was a shy, small town girl from Alabama, but had some big city dreams. She was the younger sister and always leaned on her big sister for guidance and support. When she got older she realized her sister, who she loved dearly wasn’t always going to be around, and had to learn how to allow her voice to be heard and become independent. She was raised with a good upbringing from her parents, and sheltered from the evils of the world, but after persuading her parents to work during her teenage years, she experienced discrimination on her very first job, which truly scared her heart. This motivated her to do well in school, graduate from college, look for job opportunities, and move far away. Ananda soon realized after she moved that ignorant people lives everywhere. Her life is an emotional rollercoaster as she experiences childhood bullying, death of loved ones, lasting friendships, happiness, infidelity, forgiveness, health and safety, hardships, finding true love, harassment in the workplace and cherishing marriage and family. As she gets older she realizes that the ups and downs of life can be exhausting and sometimes a little ME time may be just what the doctor ordered. Ananda discovers that the power of prayer and having a voice to speak up is essential to her everyday life’s journey, as she takes control of her destiny.


Now available in Hardcover, Paperback, and Kindle Version

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Now available in Audio Book format

This audio book is narrated by the author herself, LaWanda Lewis Burrell and available now at Audibles and iTunes. Click below to order now.


Podcast Appearances

  • Write it Up Wednesdays Book Interview
    Sep 23, 2020, 6:00 PM
  • Buy Black Book Interview
    Thu, Aug 20
    Aug 20, 2020, 7:00 PM
  • Amazing Grace w/ host Tamala Coleman Book Interview
    Jul 23, 2020, 7:00 PM

Press Release

Author LaWanda Lewis Burrell has been featured in a variety of interviews and profile pieces ranging from national magazines to podcasts to live social media interviews on Instagram and Facebook. Check out and click the "Learn More" tabs below for the latest press mentions and to learn more about LaWanda's career.


A Dream Fulfilled! Author, Writer LaWanda Burrell Shares Her Vision To Starting Her Journey as an Author

Pretty Women Hustle Magazine

Author LaWanda Burrell's shares a powerful, uplifting message of her heart to hustle with That Riverz Gurl of Pretty Women Hustle Magazine.

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Up Close and Personal with Author LaWanda Lewis Burrell

Voyage Houston's Magazine

Check out LaWanda Lewis Burrell's featured story as she shares her growth into becoming one of Houston's inspiring authors.


1-On-1 With Author LaWanda Lewis Burrell

Versafi Magazine Online

First-Time Inspiring Author and Entrepreneur LaWanda Lewis Burrell Talks About The Power of Faith, Forgiveness & Love In Her New Book “Stand Up, Speak Up, Because Your Time’s Up”


LaWanda Lewis Burrell’s newly released “Stand Up, Speak Up, Because Your Time’s Up”

Christian Faith Publishing

“Stand Up, Speak Up, Because Your Time’s Up: Restoring Hope in the Time of Adversity” from Christian Faith Publishing author LaWanda Lewis Burrell is an awe-inspiring account of the author as she unravels her life story filled with challenges and struggles that shaped her to become the faithful believer that she is today.


The African American Library - Gregory Friends Board Member

The African American Library - Gregory Friends

The AAGLF presents newly joined board member, LaWanda Burrell



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Her stories draw you in and make you stay for a while! This book is smart, funny, engaging and heartfelt. The main character is resilient! Her stories draw you in and make you stay for a while! I love the how the book chronicles the journey from girl to woman and lays out life lessons along the way. I will enjoy reading this book over and over again!