Welcome to our new author/client, Dr. Daryl Cumber Dance, Professor of English, Emerita


Welcome to our new author/client, Dr. Daryl Cumber Dance, Professor of English, Emerita. Her latest book–a historical novella–will publish Fall 2020.

A List of Her Awards & Recognition

  • Legacy Award, Virginia State University
  • The Sojourner Truth Award from The African American Studies Program of George Mason University
  • Zora Neale Hurston Award, National Association of Black Storytellers Annual Conference
  • From My People won the Storytelling World Award
  • From My People selected as one of the “Top 10 African -American Nonfiction” books reviewed by Booklist
  • Sister Circle Book Award for Outstanding Anthology
  • National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education’s (NAFEO’s) Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award
  • Award of Distinction from The African American/Caribbean Cultural Arts Commission
  • Citation for Contributions to Caribbean Literature, by The Caribbean-American Association
  • VCU African-American Alumni honoree
  • Phi Beta Sigma Outstanding Faculty Award, VCU
  • VCU Humanities and Sciences Distinguished Research Award
  • Fifty Caribbean Writers named an outstanding reference book by Library Journal
  • VCU Arts and Sciences Lecturer Award
  • Black Arts Award for Excellence in the Literary Arts, Branches of the Arts

New Title: CHALLENGES by Maj. Gen. Harry W. Jenkins USMC (Ret)

Advance Reviews

“CHALLENGES is a book by one of the foremost experts on life as a Marine officer in peace and war, on Capitol Hill, and finally working through Washington’s complex defense sector industry. Harry Jenkins remains one of the sought-after voices of advice for those navigating all three sectors. This book is a ‘must-read’ for everyone, but especially Field Grade officers and above.” —General James L. Jones USMC (Ret), 32nd Commandant of the Marine Corps, former Commander US European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, and the US National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama.

“People read because they enjoy a good story or seek one to inform, learn, and educate themselves in areas in which they may not be familiar. CHALLENGES serves that interest and need. In it, Harry Jenkins shares his journey—the thoughts and thinking that shaped it—from the decision to join the service, through marriage and starting a family while pursuing a career in the Marine Corps, his rise to Major General and into the private sector and defense industry as a senior executive. Many of the accounts and experiences occur in times of significant events in our nation’s history and offer a personal perspective that gives the reader context. Stories matter and Harry Jenkins has given us a good one about how challenges can strengthen, direct, shape, and teach us.” —General Richard ‘Butch’ Neal USMC (Ret), former Assistant Commandant of The Marine Corps, author of What Now Lieutenant? Leadership Forged from Events in Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Beyond. [Added to the USMC Commandant’s Reading List in 2019]

“An entertaining and enlightening story of service to nation, family, and those in need. Readers will learn that overcoming challenges and leading in extremis builds the resilience and wisdom fundamental to success in all walks of life. Maj. Gen. Harry Jenkins tells his story that sheds light on some of the most important events and experiences in the past sixty years. But this is a story that inspires as well as informs. CHALLENGES is certain to encourage future generations to lead, overcome hardships, and reap the intangible rewards of service.” —H.R. McMaster, author of Dereliction of Duty and Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World.

About the Author

Jenkins graduated from San Jose State College with a B.A. degree in June 1960, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He also holds an M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin (1972). He completed The Basic School the following year. He was then assigned to the 5th Marine Regiment and then the 9th Marine Regiment in Okinawa, Japan.

From 1962 to 1964, Jenkins was Executive Officer of the San Francisco Naval Shipyard. The following year, he became a senior instructor at the Mountain Warfare Training Center.

After studying amphibious warfare at the Officer Candidates School, Jenkins was deployed to serve in the Vietnam War with the 26th Marine Regiment. In 1969, he was assigned to the 1st Marine Division as Civil Affairs Officer.

After returning to the United States, Jenkins was named the Marine Officer instructor of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. From there he was stationed at Headquarters Marine Corps, where he eventually served in the Office of the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

In 1976, Jenkins was deployed to serve with the 9th Marine Regiment. The following year, he was assigned to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and served in the National Military Command Center. After graduating from the Naval War College, Jenkins returned to Headquarters Marine Corps.

Jenkins was assigned to the 2nd Marine Division in 1984. In 1986, he became Chief of Staff of the Division. The following year, he was named Legislative Assistant to the Commandant of the Marine Corps. In 1988, he was given the additional duties of Director of Public Affairs.

In 1989, he was assigned to Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek. After serving in the Gulf War, Jenkins was named Assistant Chief of Staff of Command, Control, Communications and Computers of the Marine Corps in 1991. The following year, he served as Director, Expeditionary Warfare in the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. Since retiring from the Marine Corps, he has served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Marine Corps Association in addition to his career in industry.

CHARACTER: The Ultimate Success Factor goes to 3rd printing

This week we're finalizing the update of our production files for ordering the 3rd printing of the Special/Custom Edition of this title.

We’re finalizing the update of our production files for ordering the 3rd printing of the Special/Custom Edition of this title under our Fortis nonfiction imprint.

READER NEWS: USMC Commandant and USN Chief of Naval Operations

‘What Now, Lieutenant?’ has been chosen by the Commandant of the US Marine Corps to add to his recommended Professional Reading List. And ‘Fortune Favors Boldness’ is currently in the hands of the Chief of Naval Operations for consideration as an addition to his recommended Professional Reading List.

We’re very proud of both General ‘Butch’ Neal and Vice Admiral Barry Costello’s books. You’ll find them available for order online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and other booksellers. We hope you check them out and if you read, please share your review.

‘What Now, Lieutenant?’ added to US Marine Corps Commandant’s Professional Reading List

What Now Lieutenant has been added to the US Marine Corps Commandant’s Professional Reading List!

Working with Butch Neal was one of the high points of my work with other veterans. He and I became friends, and sadly he passed suddenly in June 2022. I still miss talking with him. A fine man whose book continues to tell his story. —Dennis Lowery

“I read What Now, Lieutenant? early one afternoon and became so engrossed I turned the last page only a few hours later. Knowing of the author’s remarkable and heroic career, I’ll admit opening the book with some trepidation, because I’ve learned from experience that, unfortunately, a writer’s grand intentions do not always translate to good writing. I’m happy to report that this compelling book is the wonderful exception. A page-turner for sure, it is candid and inspiring. The author’s generosity, kindness, humility… his love imbues every page. Well done, Marine.” —Walter Anderson, former Editor of Parade

What Now Lieutenant has been added to the US Marine Corps Commandant's Professional Reading List
(under our Fortis nonfiction imprint)

FORTUNE FAVORS BOLDNESS (paperback version released)


“Whether or not you are interested in our military, U.S. history or just plain life lessons, this factual, detailed and intense book of what transpired after 9-11 should be on your list to read. It will also serve as an amazing tool for anyone in a leadership or teaching role… or if you just need some simple guidance in your daily life. Vice Admiral Costello is outstanding in his attention to detail with not only a very personal look from his perspective but from dozens and dozens of others – and recreating those very important moments in our history. It is awe inspiring, it will bring tears to your eyes, but also smiles to your face and your heart will swell with appreciation and gratitude and pride for all the men and women serving our country – people like Petty Officer 3rd Class Chad Runge whose letter is printed on page 145/147. Yes, it’s a must read for everyone including those who may be thinking of serving our country… and maybe more importantly for those who don’t think it’s their duty.”

–Amazon review

See details about the book here.