Before the Moon Rises


After a twelve-hour shift in a busy emergency room, Janet O’Brien is beat. Her last patient arrives unconscious and naked. She’s lead to believe he’s a psych patient off his meds. However, once he awakens, Janet is charmed by his million-dollar smile and agrees to give him a ride home.

Werewolf, Max Ritter, notices the sassy nurse when he wakes after a night under the full moon. Unfortunately, his archrival is drawn to Janet as well. In order to keep her out of harm’s way, he opts to keep her close. When the chemistry between them sparks, Max discovers a completely new reason to keep Janet safe.


He kept his smile in place despite his state of undress. “Maybe I can explain my, er, situation over eggs benedict.”

She was tempted, even with him dressed in a hospital issue gown open in the back, she was tempted. “I don’t think so.”

“Why not? You said yourself I’m good looking, and I know you’re curious about why I ended up here.”

Janet slide the paperwork she held in front of him and handed him her pen. “Even if I wanted to, I make it a rule not to date my patients.”

“Hmmm…” He took the paper and signed his name, then pushed it in her direction. “I’m no longer your patient.”

Janet couldn’t stop the giggle that erupted. “Listen…” She picked up the paper and noted his name. “Mr. Ritter. I’m flattered, really I am, but I don’t think this would be a good idea.”

“I suggested breakfast, not marriage.”

“You’re wearing a hospital gown and a smile.”

“I’ll change. We can drop by my house so I can get my wallet.”

Janet narrowed her eyes. “Is this some perverse way to get a free ride home?”

“I’ll pay for the gas.” His eyes locked with hers sending a chill up her spine.

“Hey Janet,” a voice called from beyond the closed curtain.

“I’ve got to go. Day shift needs report.” But her feet didn’t move. Instead, she stared at him, knowing somehow she would give into his request, and if
nothing else give him a ride home.

Something she had never done before.

“I’ll meet you outside, by your car.”

On a sigh she said, “Yeah, okay.” Janet turned away. “How do you know what I drive?”

“I don’t, but I’ll figure it out.”

The Book

Before the Moon Rises
The Ritter Werewolves, Novella One
March 2012, Second Edition
eBook Only


“Satisfying and suspenseful … Author Catherine Bybee has pulled together a well-written and plausible paranormal read in fewer than 100 pages.”

“Great characters, a gripping plot, and some pretty hot love scenes.”

“Fast paced and action packed.”

“A shadow world of rich characters and a vibrant storyline.”

“So many werewolves are dark, tortured and brooding, but Max is a refreshing change from all that …”

“Fast, sexy, brutal, and engrossing!”

“I needed a werewolf fix, so picked out this book and it did not disappoint.”

“Max Ritter, an incredibly
gorgeous, oh-so-anatomically-correct, smooth-talking man who just
happens to be… a werewolf.”

“Catherine does an excellent job of still creating a believable romance and a suspenseful plot in a limited amount of time.”

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