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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Rosie
    Jul 12, 2007 @ 00:22:43

    That’s so sad. My thoughts and condolences go out to her family.

  2. Sarah McCarty
    Jul 12, 2007 @ 02:30:36

    Oh, how awful! I have to admit that when i saw this heading I was hoping it was another abbreviated subject line and you were going to say passes “Rhonda Thompson passes on some information.”

    Just too sad. I’ll keep her family in my prayers.


  3. Marg
    Jul 12, 2007 @ 04:09:06

    That is terrible news.

  4. Vernieda
    Jul 12, 2007 @ 04:27:10

    Oh no, that’s terrible. My condolences to her family.

  5. Danielle
    Jul 12, 2007 @ 04:41:18

    My heart goes out to her family at this time. The reading world lost two great authors in less than a week.

  6. Bonnie Ferguson
    Jul 12, 2007 @ 09:10:09

    I’m so sorry to hear this. My condolences to her family.

  7. Tina Gray
    Jul 13, 2007 @ 09:47:25

    Thank you everyone for your condoloences and sympathies. I’ll relay this to her family when the time is right. It’s warmed my heart to see how many people her words have touched in some way. From a friend’s perspective, she was not only an incredible writer, she was an amazing person.

  8. debra kern
    Jul 15, 2007 @ 18:51:25

    Ronda was my cousin and your thoughts and prayers are very comforting to me. Ronda had been sick for over a year but unfortunately, the doctors did not find the cancer in time. I made two trips in two weeks from Kansas City to see her in the last month and was grateful that she went quickly as this kind of cancer is terrible. Ronda was just coming into her much deserved recognition and I will forever miss her. Please keep her family in your thoughts.

  9. Kristen
    Jul 15, 2007 @ 19:47:18

    Ronda was a dear friend, a wonderful storyteller, talented author and kind-hearted soul. There aren’t words enough to say how much she’ll be missed.

  10. Darlene
    Jul 16, 2007 @ 13:14:40

    So sorry to hear this. My prayers are with her family at this time. I will miss her books as I have enjoyed reading them. Sorry to hear this. May God be with the family in their time and need. God Bless!

  11. Mary Ann Heathman
    Jul 16, 2007 @ 21:15:56

    We heard that she died peacefully after a recently diagnosed illness of throat cancer (yes, she was a smoker) — a week prior they did exploratory surgery but it was too late to do anything as the cancer had spread. She was 51.

    LionHearted Author of ORACLE, Kathrine Greyle (aka Jade Lee) passed along this info: “Charlotte Goebel had a wonderful idea for a tribute to Ronda. If you would like to write a short tribute — a special memory you have of Ronda or just your thoughts about her — email them to Charlotte by early tomorrow evening (Thursday) at [email protected] Charlotte will compile all the contributions and they will be handed out at the service so that people can read them. I’ve talked to Ronda’s family about this and they loved the idea. Also, if you know of anyone else I’ve missed who might like to do this, please pass the word.” We are hopeful that Charlotte will also pass along to the family any late-commers email memories, too.

    We were proud to be the publisher of Ronda’s first book, ” ISN’T IT ROMANTIC?” — a romantic comedy “too long for the category publishing houses at 100,000 words ” and “just too-too” for NYC publishers to take a chance on “the politically incorrect mud wrestling midget named Wanda” — Ronda’s favorite chapter, too, that she refused to cut. We loved it all! Thank you Ronda for the “out-loud laughter” that kept us up all night and your wacky, wonderful characters that will live in our hearts forever.

    Mary Ann Heathman, Pres/CEO,

  12. Tina Gray
    Jul 16, 2007 @ 21:36:19

    The cancer was in fact ovarian and pancreatic. I’m not sure if her smoking contributed to the tumors, but it probably messed up her immune system, if nothing else.

    I just wanted to clear that up so there wouldn’t be different stories floating around. Yes, she was far too young to have been taken from her fans and loved ones.

    That’s a lovely tribute to her writing and books. I still haven’t read “Isn’t it Romantic,” but it’s going on my list as of now.

  13. Jennifer
    Jul 18, 2007 @ 00:57:12

    I’m shocked to hear about Ms. Thompson; I just learned about her death on Heather Holland’s MySpace blog. My sympathies to her family and loved ones. I was looking forward to more in her Wulf series.

  14. Julie
    Jul 24, 2007 @ 18:52:07

    I just picked up one of her books for the first time last week. I loved it so much that I ran out & bought the rest the next day. (the “Wild Wulf” series) I’m so sorry to hear that she’s gone. My sympathies to her family and loved ones.

  15. Andru
    Jul 24, 2007 @ 22:30:40

    Es una pena, una tristeza muy grande que se instala en nuestro corazón, era una magnifica autora y en sus libros de los Lobos vivi cada una de las aventuras leyendola.

    Siempre estara en mi corazon y en mi mente. Mis verdaderos sentimientos de apoyo hacia su familia.

    Always will be in my heart and in my mind. My real feelings of support towards her family.

  16. Judith
    Aug 06, 2007 @ 16:31:09

    I just saw the terrible news about Rhonda Thompson!!

    I have read her “Isn’t It Romantic” and loved it. I have been searching for some romantic humor novels to read and came upon the news!! :(

    I also had some correspondence with her as she kindly gave me some advice I had asked for.

    I’m going to get her Wulfs of London series to read.c
    My heart felt condolences to her family also.

    Hugs Judith

  17. Gina
    Aug 29, 2007 @ 22:00:41

    I just heard the news about Ronda. She will be missed very much. She was a fantastic author and was so good to her fans. She treated her fans as friends. Ronda will be a legend in the romance writing world!


  18. Gina
    Aug 29, 2007 @ 22:02:00

    I just heard the news about Ronda. She will be missed very much. She was a fantastic author and was so good to her fans. She treated her fans as friends. And she always had good advice for aspiring romance authors. Ronda will be a legend in the romance writing world!


  19. Melissa
    Oct 11, 2007 @ 10:40:39

    Wow, I just heard about this. This is awful, she was an awesome author and a extremely nice person, very giving of herself and her time. She will be missed terribly….My condolences, thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  20. Pamela Nelson
    Oct 24, 2007 @ 15:51:09

    No matter what I say, it won’t be enough, but, I am so sad and my heart goes out to her family.

    We can only hope Ronda is somewhere with all the magical beings and writers and friends who have gone before her.

    I bought her book, Confessions of a Werewolf Model, and went searching for the sequel. That’s how I found out Ronda had passed.

    I will buy her 1st series and hope, somehow, that will keep her in everyone’s thoughts and minds.

    Love and peace to her family and friends.

  21. Lynsey
    Nov 02, 2007 @ 13:41:40

    Today I just learned about the loss of Ronda Thompson. My condolences to the family. She was a wonderful writer and I truly loved her Wild Wulf’s of London series. She was a spectacular writer and will be deeply missed. My heart and prayers go out to her family for their tragic loss. She will be deeply missed.

  22. Slavica "Carpathian Healer
    Nov 04, 2007 @ 01:28:22

    I just found this site. I am a fan of Ronda and I regret not having met her in person. I have e-mailed her numours times and with “talked” via e-mail.
    When I heard of her passing, I cried all day, and for weeks following. Even now when I see her books, of which I have several on my keeper shelf, I burst into tears. She will be greatly missed!!!!
    To family and friends, my deepest sympathies and condolences!!!!

    Slavica “Carpathian Healer”

  23. Pam Bernius
    Nov 05, 2007 @ 22:23:09

    I met Ronda when we moved next door to her.Her son matt is like family to me and one of my sons best friend.She had a great love for animals.Ronda came to my house one night at 10:00pm and helped my dog deliver her 7 puppies.She stay until all the puppies were delived after 12:00am.Ronda was a great person.I really miss her.I know she is up in heaven writing some wonderful book. Pam Bernius

  24. Slavica "Carpathian Healer
    Nov 05, 2007 @ 23:36:15

    Pam You are lucky and blessed to have met her. (I am writing this with tears in my eyes) Please give my regards to Matt and the rest of her family.I think about them. I lost my father 10 years ago and I still miss him.
    I know it must be hard for the family. As a fan It is very hard for me, I miss her, and I miss her e-mails……………

    Carpathian Healer

  25. Joanne
    Jan 06, 2008 @ 10:42:34

    It’s all to sad to think about
    I have Rhonda’s website bookedmarded clicked on it and the page wouldn’t open I thought that was odd I wanted to know what the latest was. found this site now I know why it didn’t open. I’ve been to shy to email any authors I love I’m sorry I didn’t hRhonda but I will from now on as a tribute to her it’s 2.40am when I get up I’m going to start reading her books again and again…..

  26. Joanne
    Jan 06, 2008 @ 10:48:35

    It’s 2.45am in Australia were I live the post date is US I assume why it’s different
    Be thinking of you Rhonda and your Family

  27. LiRose
    Mar 29, 2008 @ 16:15:39

    I have just heard of her passing; and my deepest sympathies out to her loved ones, both friends and family. However, while I was in news of this tragic occurance, a thought sprang to life in my mind. Since Ronda was never able to write the fourth and presumed last book of the Wulf series, I was wondering if it was possible that someone could write it for her, in loving memory, also making the heroine of the novel Ronda, after her. It was just an idea, but I have hope. I pray that she is at peace now.

  28. Cassi
    May 22, 2008 @ 07:51:07

    oh no.

    i just finished reading the cursed one today (and the untamed one last night) and here i came looking for new books, i was so keen to know about those five sets of eyes.

    this news is very sad indeed and i wish her family all the best.

    also, lirose, i think you’re idea is beautiful :D

  29. MK
    Jun 22, 2008 @ 15:40:02

    I just found Confessions of a Werewolf Supermodel at the bookstore and came here looking for other books. I am truly sorry to hear of Ms. Thompson’s passing. I enjoyed her writing so much. MK, Peoria, AZ

  30. Michelle H
    Jun 23, 2008 @ 12:57:06

    Like the previous poster, I just picked up Confessions of a Werewolf Supermodel awhile ago and loved it and found out about Ronda Thompson’s passing when searching to see when her next book is out.

    My sincere (if belated) condolences to her family and friends. It was fun to see in her world for a little while, and it’s a shame that there won’t be more opportunities to see it.

    ~MH, Saskatoon, Canada

  31. LiRose
    Jun 24, 2008 @ 19:52:13

    i’ve just read Armond, Jackson and Gabriel’s stories. noone writes romance paranormal like Ronda. I treasure these books.

  32. Wesley
    Jul 16, 2008 @ 12:43:46

    I sorry to hear that Ronda passed away.

    Most writers become quite attached to the stories they create. They care that the story is told, and that it brings as many readers as possible the same level of enjoyment it brought them.

    I think the Wulf series deserves to be completed. At the moment it’s a bit like a beautiful building that’s under construction and waiting to be finished. As it sits, I can see about two to four stories that are waiting to be told.

    That’s my two cents anyway.

    The profits from any additional books could go towards a scholarship fund for young authors, or into a trust fund so that her decendents can go to college.

  33. Tosha
    Jul 24, 2008 @ 17:59:21

    I have just found out the news this is awful to hear. My heart goes out the the family. I just found her wild wulfs of london series and was hoping the series would go on, this is how i found out. I think she needs a remeberance, someone should complete the series. someone who could write as well as she could and who won’t change the stoy line.

    My Blessings,

  34. Emily
    Aug 03, 2008 @ 21:19:57

    I was just searching for other books of Ronda’s and have just discovered her death. I read her Wild Wulfs of London series, and am distraught. The literary world has lost a great, giving, kind person. I can’t believe I didn’t find out sooner…

  35. margaret
    Aug 15, 2008 @ 18:49:07

    itiswith great sadness that i just learn of rhonda passing.lhadjust finish reading her wuf series and was checking to see if shehadpublish any otherin the series. my symphathy to her family on they loss .her death will be a great loss to her fans.

  36. denise
    Aug 25, 2008 @ 01:12:31

    comp newbie 1st time doing this comment thing. checked out “confessions of a werewolf supermodel” last week at my local library, really loved it and was looking to see if she had a sequel. to learn she had passed on is so very sad. i plan to read all her books and i’m sure i will enjoy them. i am however, so very sorry for her family and loyal fans. blessed be.

  37. alex
    Sep 28, 2008 @ 09:51:37

    i was just wondering if there was a foruth book to the series ( The Wild Wulfs of london)

  38. "Carpathian Healer"
    Sep 29, 2008 @ 11:42:27

    No, no more Wulfs of London; she passed away before writing another book…………
    I miss her so much, and I miss her e-mail. She was one of the authors that always responded to readers e-mails.At least I am not crying anymore as much. After she passed away everytime I looked at the books, I would break out in tears….

    “Carpathian Healer”

  39. Angela
    Feb 26, 2009 @ 23:55:09

    I’m so saddened to hear of her passing. I only recently bought my first book of hers and just finished it. I enjoyed it so much I came online to search her out. How tragic that she was taken so young. My condolences to her loved ones.

  40. Melanie
    Apr 15, 2009 @ 12:09:57

    I just finished Confessions of a Werewolf Supermodel, and like many posters before, went searching for a sequel. I knew I hadn’t seen a new book by her in a year or so, but just figured it was in the works. I never expected to find out she’d passed away. My condolences to her family.

  41. Veronica
    May 24, 2009 @ 06:50:26

    Completed reading Ronda’s novella The Forgotten One in the compilation Love at First Bite. Her writing was so intriguing, I went online to search for more of her work and grew curious why there was no new releases since 2007. I’m saddened to discover the reason was her death. However I’m deeply grateful she spent her time on this world creating wonderful stories that will remain to be discovered, shared, and enjoyed. Thank you.

  42. becca
    Aug 07, 2009 @ 02:45:24

    i wanted to say how sorry i was to hear about rhonda,i read confessions… when it first came out and i had been keeping my eye out for the follow up,only to hear that she had passed away.just found this site and though i would send my love to her family iam sure they still miss her.i will treasure the book i have.

  43. Deborah Brown
    Oct 14, 2009 @ 14:34:47

    I just read “Confessions of a Werewolf Supermodel” and (because I loved it!) was looking online for a sequel when I found the link regarding her death in 2007. What a loss to the literary world and I’m sure to those who knew and loved her!

  44. Donna Viner
    Jan 02, 2010 @ 16:19:57

    i only got the wild wulf series a month or so ago and read all 3 with in a week, i then re-read them as the were incredibly awe-inspiring what a talent to be able to write a book that can capture a persons spirit and propell them into the fantasy so easily, a fantastic imagination.

    they have totally brought out the obsessive side of me and i was looking to see when the fourth book was out when i saw the post, it takes a long time to find books that capture my heart as i am afraid as much as i love to read i am also very picky but these books captured me from the very first page and i could hardly bring myself to put them down to go to work.

    i will forever re-read these books as they are everything a good story should be, brilliant writing, imagination, sex and mystery, with a splash of action.

    these books make ordinary people wish they could write a book as good as this.

    Donna, dorset, england

  45. Renee
    Mar 28, 2010 @ 11:02:54

    I recently read my first book “Walk Into the Flame” and it was one of the best books I have read. When researching to find more of her book, I found out about her passing. My heart goes out to her family and they will be in my prayers.

  46. carly
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 07:43:59

    I am so late on this info!! I recently just read the “Wolves of London” series and have been telling everyone how wonderful she is!!
    My neighbor is fighting with pancreatic cancer right now, and my heart breaks for what her family went through.
    She was an above the spectrum writer and I will miss her stories so so much!!
    If her family reads this: then please know she touched so many and will always be missed and remembered. Every time I reread the series I will think how lucky you all were to have her for the short time. Thanks for sharing her with all of us!!

  47. HaleyBailey
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 21:36:59

    My godmother was Ronda’s cousin. I was told i met her, but only when i was a child and I am not able to remember her. I recently read After Twilight and Call of the Moon. i would like to read the Wild Wulfs of London series. She was an amazing author and I only wish that someday one of her books could be made into a world wide movie so that everyone can know how talented she truly was.

  48. HaleyBailey
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 21:39:16

    I give my condolences to her husband and children. I also would like her parents to know I am so sorry for their loss.

  49. Amber
    Dec 07, 2010 @ 05:35:38

    I’m a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon so I had ordered the book Love At First Bite from the library. Wasn’t very impressed with the other 2 authors & almost took it back without readint he last story..then something made me think along the lines of “saving the best for last.” So I figured I should just read it. I was instantly hooked. LOVED the story & came online to find the order of the Wulf stories as I had seen she started a series. I was shocked when I couldn’t find her website & very sad to discover that she passed. So sorry to her family & friends & fans as well. What a great author. I have the Wulf series on order at the library. It will be bittersweet to start & finish them.

    Someone had mentioned wanting someone else to finish the series. I just have to say that I think this is not such a great idea. Let’s remember her for the great author she was & not mess with the great works she created….maybe come up with our own version in our heads of what happens in the series, & maybe someday she’ll be able to tell us the rest of the stories herself. ;)

  50. Sonya
    Jan 30, 2011 @ 19:34:02

    I am so sorry to hear of her passing i just read 2 of her books and wanted to read more of them the wildwulfs of londaon books are one of the best books i have read i love them my preys go out to her family so sorry to see her leave us she is a awsome writer and will be missed

  51. Brad Bernius Jr.
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 01:04:42

    I had the privilege to know Ronda, during the time my family lived next door to the Thompson Family. Her son and I where best friends. She welcomed me into her home, as if I where family. Ronda always treated me with up most kindness. I have admired her talent in creating amazing stories. Many times I remember Matt and I asking her how to spell difficult words for our English papers. I know she IS so proud of her son Matt and her wonderful family. In the short time we where neighbors still remains as my fondest memories growing up. May you’re stories continue to be told. I will never forget the only neighbors that actually where true neighbors to my family and I.

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