Souls and Soulless

12:00 AM Elizabeth Seckman 31 Comments

All last week, I spent most of my days helping my mom clear out her house so she can sell it. My family lived in that house for over fifty years, so it was bitter sweet. Sad to say good bye to a place that was home, but nice to bump into small treasures. I found this little note, written by my grandmother. I'm not sure who the original recipient was, but I called finders keepers. 

A note from my mother's mother. Rose Helmick.

And speaking of souls, how about some Soulless? 

Welcome Crystal Collier on the characters for her new book!! 

Casting is especially difficult for me because I'm a SUPER visual person, so when I create characters, I have a VERY specific image in mind. It's almost impossible to find a match. Because of that, there are no easy-fit actors or actresses for my characters. (Contains spoilers for those who haven't read MOONLESS. Get your copy October 20, 27, 31 or November 7 for FREE.)

Villains first (because they're so stinkin' interesting):


(Olivia Little...but a unique angle on her.)

Bellezza is driven by only one motive: revenge. She has no qualms with killing or initiating a war to get what she wants, and she especially enjoys head games. With unique abilities to travel by mist or kill with a scream, she's a formidable foe. 


(Amos Oz and Skull Face)
(Before and After)

Amos has been one of the Soulless for centuries, slowly decaying but unable to die. Since the battle between the Soulless and Passionate began, he's been leading a faction of the Soulless to undermine the Passionate and take absolute control of his kind.

Now to the Outcasts (who are equally as awesome):


(Katie McGrath)

Sarah is a total flirt and Alexia's (the lead's) best friend/aunt. She's also recently become one of the Soulless, and went into hiding. Lighthearted, vivacious and occasionally unladylike (despite her noble upbringing), she is always the heart of the party. 


(Jamie Bell)

Miles is a friend, protege and sidekick to the leader of the Passionate. He has a gift to "see through other's eyes." Because of that, he's been feared and avoided by most the Passionate. His parents became Soulless when he was 4 (enemies to the Passionate who hunt them on moonless nights) and he hears them calling for him every new moon. Loyal to the death, he's a timid soul who truly and deeply desires to do what's right, willing to sacrifice everything for the greater good. A recent turn of events made him too dangerous to remain among the Passionate.


The Soulless are coming.

Alexia manipulated time to save the man of her dreams, and lost her best friend to red-eyed wraiths. Still grieving, she struggles to reconcile her loss with what was gained: her impending marriage. But when her wedding is destroyed by the Soulless—who then steal the only protection her people have—she’s forced to unleash her true power.

And risk losing everything.

Book 2 in the Maiden of Time trilogy.

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  1. Kill with a scream? That's dangerous.
    Cool you found that note, Elizabeth.

  2. Nice cast picks, always find something when you move out a house indeed, better than rats, which I found once , blah

  3. Cool cast picks.

    What an awesome note to find. The moving must be so hard. That's a lot of year and memories.

  4. I'd frame the note and re-read it daily. That is truly a treasure.

    As someone who has many "keepsakes", I know how hard it is to let go of a home that was well-loved.

    Have a great weekend (oh, I almost forgot - the books sound fascinating!!).

  5. What a gift your grandmother left behind. It's sad that written letters are mostly a thing of the past.

    And I love the cast picks! These are spot on. Thanks for posting!

  6. Elizabeth, what an amazing find! So beautiful. What a priceless treasure.

    Oh, and thanks for hosting me today--around all the crazy of getting life back together.

  7. That is a wonderful letter to find, Elizabeth!

    Love the pictures you picked out, Crystal. :)

  8. Glad I could meet and see the characters of this book!

  9. Wow, what an amazing note to find! Glad you can treasure it :)

    Love the cast! Sarah's gaze is badass, and life of the party? I like her already. lol

    S.K. Anthony: Deleting the Best Part of You

  10. Great casting, especially for Bellezza. Congrats to Crystal!

    1. Thanks, Christine. I thought she was absolutely perfect.

  11. Miles has the perfect casting choice and Katie M. was amazing in Merlin so I'm sure she could play Sarah well. The cast is well thought up and it's great that you give a bit of background for each character.

    Liz it's great that you found that letter. It's not just deep and touching it's from family. Keep it.

    1. Glad you think so, Sheena-kay. I loved Katie in Merlin too. Man, why did they have to end that show?

  12. I know that bittersweet feeling of leaving a place with lots of memories behind...but those memories never go away!

  13. Casting. I like that. I guess we've never really thought of our leads as being "cast." Sounds like a very cool premise - the thought of getting killed by a scream is pretty menacing.

  14. Loving the look of this cast! Your choices for Bellezza and Miles especially match what I was envisioning in my head while reading. :)

  15. wow! so cool to see these images for the characters - you really captured them! congrats, crystal!!

  16. It's interesting seeing writers' casting choices. This was a great tour stop.

    I love finding family memorabilia. When I get a chance to travel, I visit my old neighborhood. The memories live on.

  17. I'm still dealing with a lot of my parents' things. I didn't want to put everything into the estate sale and I'm glad I didn't. I've found some wonderful treasures to pass on to my kids.

    Some interesting casting choices here, Elizabeth.

  18. Your grandmother had great handwriting.


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