Fulfill Your Destiny: FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS by Julie C. Dao Dream Cast + Giveaway


Thank you, for stopping by on our Blog Tour stop for FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS by Julie Dao. We are so excited about this book that we are #PRHPartner with Penguin Teen and we got Julie to share with us whom she would like as part of her Dream Cast for her book. We absolutely love this cast and cannot wait to share it with you. Please remember to visit the other stops on this tour and be sure to enter in the giveaway we have posted. Good Luck!!


I’ve dreamed of being a published author since I was a kid! I never dreamed of having a TV show or a movie based on my book, though, because it seemed so unlikely and far out of reach. BUT, that being said, I love making Pinterest boards with actors and actresses I can envision as my characters. I always have their backstories, personalities, and motivations drawn out before I start writing, but seeing faces makes it that much easier to “get to know” them!

Here are some of the beautiful and talented people I saw as characters in FOTL:

Gong Li as Xifeng: I know the actress is in her 50s (!!!) but she has this steely, fiery, otherworldly beauty that I think is perfect for my ambitious main character.

Godfrey Gao as Wei: Xifeng’s childhood love, Wei, is a natural swordsman and I totally pictured him looking like Godfrey!

Ronald Lee Clark as Shiro: I can easily envision this actor as the handsome ambassador to Kamatsu who befriends Xifeng at the start of her journey.

Wang Kai as Emperor Jun: This actor has the chiseled face and cool eyes I imagine the Emperor of Feng Lu to have.

Deanie Ip as Empress Lihua: This Hong Kong actress has a regal, lovely face perfect for the dignified Empress who desperately wants a daughter to love.

C.S. Lee as Kang: I’ve always imagined Xifeng’s eunuch friend to have a sharp, intelligent face, and this actor fits the bill wonderfully.

Jiang Xin as Lady Sun: Xifeng’s archnemesis needs to be as quick-witted, sharp-tongued, and intelligent as she is beautiful. This actress would make a great Lady Sun!


by Julie C. Dao

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her.

Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high? Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

Set in an East Asian-inspired fantasy world filled with both breathtaking pain and beauty, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns possesses all the hallmarks of masterful fantasy: dazzling magic, heartbreaking romance, and a world that hangs in the balance. Fans of Heartless, Stealing Snow, and Red Queen will devour this stunning debut.

2146091_dao_julie_c-4608685Julie C. Dao 

(www.juliedao.com) is a proud Vietnamese-American who was born in upstate New York. She studied medicine in college, but came to realize blood and needles were her Kryptonite. By day, she worked in science news and research; by night, she wrote books about heroines unafraid to fight for their dreams, which inspired her to follow her passion of becoming a published author. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is her debut novel. Julie lives in New England. Follow her on Twitter @jules_writes.


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Enter for a chance to be one (1) of three (3) winners to receive a hardcover copy of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie Dao. (ARV: $18.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on October 2, 2017 and 12:00 AM on October 27, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about October 30, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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 Week One:

October 2 – Alexa Loves Books – Author Guest Post | Inspiration Behind FOATL

October 3 – No BS Book Reviews – Review

October 4 – The Young Folks – 10 Reasons to Read FOATL

October 5 – Chasing Faerytales – Author Guest Post | On Villains & Backstories: What Makes Them So Interesting?

October 6 – Arctic Books – Favorite Villains & Anti-Heroes

Week Two:

October 9 – NovelKnight – Review

October 10 – The Book’s Buzz – Author Q&A

October 11 – Across the Words – Author Q&A

October 12 – What Sarah Read – FOATL Mood Board

October 13 – One Way or an Author – History & Possible Real-World Parallels in FOATL

Week Three:

October 16 – MrsLeif’s Two Fangs About It Book Reviews – Review

October 17 – Twirling Pages – Author Guest Post | Julie’s Writing Starter Pack (aka items that got her through writing FOREST)

October 18 – Mundie Moms – Review

October 19 – Book Nerd Addicts – Author Q&A

October 20 – Little Lillie Reads – Review & Playlist

Week Four:

October 23 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Author Guest Post | Julie’s Dream Cast

October 24 – The Eater of Books! – Favorite FOATL Quotes

October 25 – A Page With a View – Author Q&A

October 26 – A Perfection Called Books – Review & Mood Board

October 27 – Xpresso Reads – Author Guest Post | Talk about anything fun/bizarre she discovered while writing the book.

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