Transparency: Can It Make or Break a Marriage?

In my debut novel, A Cry Among Men, Don and Alicia are the perfect couple. Both support each other’s goals, dreams, and passion for life. But Alicia also stood by Don while he endured the worse thing a black man could go through.

A Cloud Over Southampton, my follow-up novel, looks at the other side, the unobvious contradiction in their relationship. Secrets. Secrets that could have easily changed the course of their relationship and life together.

So, I would like to ask you all: How transparent (honest) should a person be about the things they’ve done in their past, especially with a spouse? Would your loved one’s past cause you to second guess your marriage?

What is the one thing that would make you say, Oh shit, I don’t believe I married this person?

Let me hear your answers.

Until next time…

CB (C. Erskine Brown)


To all the fans of #ACryAmongMenTheNovel, its follow up, #ACloudOverSouthHamptonANovel, is in the works and progressing nicely. Let everyone know, Chaya is back… 

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Politics and Terrorism

I am strongly considering giving Don Wilcox of A Cry Among Men a break (not the marketing) and focusing on a political thriller that is also a finished screenplay. Please give me your honest thoughts… thank you…


Another Dance with Evil


Job 12:22 He uncovers deep things out of darkness, and brings the shadow of death to light.

In an unfallen world, there would be no hate, no conflict or precipice of war. Radicals and fundamentalists would have no trough in which to feed their hatred; nor would their voices and actions cause the world to shudder. Hate, violence and death would not trump love.

     Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS), Boko Haram, Hezbollah, Taliban, Hamas, and Al-Qaeda felt no pathos when they piled up human carnage on their respective targets – fifteen in Barcelona, thirty-two in Brussels, twenty-seven in Nigeria, one hundred thirty in Paris and nearly three thousand in the World Trade Center attack on 9/11.

     Some say hate is a Biblical (or historical) state of being, a fact of life that we should gird ourselves against by relying on God’s word. Still others say, the horror of terrorism is the new economy, an economy not only driven by hate but by politics. American politics.

     But it is that visionless arrogance that brought America to its knees once again. America was not prepared for the fire and death of the devil’s uninvited curtain call.