A Reason to Hope by A.L. Marquardt
Approx. 24,030 words.
Published on March 26, 2009.
A shuttle accident leaves Preeah so disfigured returning to her life as an assassin, and to her lover, Tara, is impossible. She's left with no money and no prospects. Quinley, a man with similar past, offers her a future beyond stealing and drug addiction. What he expects in return, however, she can't accept. Her past soon catches up to her, and she must make a choice that will result in death.