FREE on Kindle: ‘Life’ a short crime story

Life 368Max’s criminal career has been going downhill since it began when he was sixteen on an armed robbery job with his father.

Now in his mid-forties, he’s spent more time in jail than on criminal endeavours and he’s back inside again.

It wasn’t another getaway driver driving away prematurely that’s landed him in jail this time though. No, this time it wasn’t someone else’s mistake. This time it was his…well, the crack.

He can’t actually remember doing what they said he did last week or why he did it and for that he could go down for life.

FREE to download from Amazon UKAmazon US and from Amazon worldwide.  

Life can also be downloaded for FREE from Barnes & NobleApple and directly from Caffeine Nights Publishing.

“Extremely powerful, raw dialogue, characters you just know are real, scarily believable… She writes like a British modern-day Elmore Leonard; every word is packed with force and gritty with the harsh reality of a life you only suspected existed.” Rob Horne, Amazon UK customer review.

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Soul Destruction: Unforgivable – temporarily reduced to £1.53/$2.51 on Kindle

Soul Destruction: Unforgivable

For a limited time Soul Destruction: Unforgivable is available to download on Kindle at the reduced price of £1.53 from Amazon UK and $2.51 from Amazon US.

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Enter the bleak existence of a call girl haunted by the atrocities of her childhood. In the spring of 1997, Shelley Hansard is a drug addict with a heroin habit and crack psychosis. Her desirability as a top London call girl is waning.

When her client dies in a suite at The Lanesborough Hotel, Shelley’s complex double-life is blasted deeper into chaos. In her psychotic state, the skills required to keep up her multiple personas are weakening. Amidst her few friends, and what remains of her broken family, she struggles to maintain her wall of lies.

During this tumultuous time, she is presented with an opportunity to take revenge on a client who raped her and her friends. But in her unbalanced state of mind, can she stop a serial rapist?

Chris Arnade’s ‘Faces of Addiction’ & the Case for Basic Income and the Decriminalisation of Drugs and Prostitution

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Chris Arnade was a trader on Wall Street for 20 years until 2012 when he left to focus on photography. Having been involved in a project with Hunts Point Alliance for Children, he got to know some of the local residents in Hunts Point, South Bronx, the poorest neighbourhood in New York City, who were trapped in poverty, addiction and prostitution. With their permission he has been taking their pictures and sharing their stories. His ‘Faces of Addiction’ series documents the lives of these people who have become his friends.

Some people might prefer to look the other way and pretend other people aren’t living like this. But the harsh truth is they are and I hope instead the stories on this page inspire more people to support harm reduction and decriminalisation for drugs and prostitution, which Chris Arnade also believes is the best legislation for people who take drugs…

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Coming Back from Soul Destruction – Ruth Jacobs interviewed on Women Move the Soul

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Published on Women Move the Soul – 29 October 2013

We know them. We all know a woman who struggles with drugs and alcohol. Perhaps she’s a woman in your family, a friend or even a co-worker, but we know them. If you have not been a drug addict then you cannot know what they go through. You can’t imagine the pain they feel from moment to moment and the things that they are driven to do because of that addiction…. Ruth Jacobs has been there – in the very recesses of hell – and she came back to us… Read the full article on Women Move the Soul here.

In the Booth with Ruth – Kevin Jaffray, Drug Harm Reduction & Recovery Activist

Drug harm reduction and recovery activist, Kevin Jaffray, shares his experience of how harm reduction saved his life while he was in the depths of his addiction, about his work in the field now, and why he advocates for safe consumption rooms and the life saving medication, Naloxone, and much more.

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Kevin Jaffray

How did you become involved in supporting harm reduction for drug users?

Firstly I must be clear that the harm reduction ethos does not just relate to those living with drug addiction issues or substance users. It is also concerned with the issues that surround addiction more generally and a number of other related and non related issues, public health issues, social and economic issues, evidence based policies, fighting stigma, reducing risk of blood-borne viruses (BBVs), safe rights of sex workers etc. (this list is not exhaustive).

Harm reduction is self explanatory in its title and can relate to anything that is harmful to the individual or the community in general. Its core is firmly based in practical rather than idealistic beliefs. Harm reduction (harm minimisation) can also be used in relation to human behaviours and actions towards either themselves or other human beings.

Some of the issues addressed by the…

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Soul Destruction: Unforgivable – recent reviews & only 99p / $1.55 for a limited time

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“Unforgivable, Unputdownable. Great characters you will walk beside from page one. Great story you will not want to end.”

Sheila Quigley author of The Seahills series and The Holy Island trilogy.

5.0 out of 5 stars Draws you in and won’t let you go – Martin Crosbie

The writing is sharp and intelligent but it’s the storytelling that kept me reading. The author knows how to tell a story and knows how to tell it accurately. Soul Destruction deals with uncomfortable topics in a respectful and thought-provoking manner. The only criticism I had was that I wanted to know more. I had so much invested in these characters that I really didn’t want to leave them alone, and to me that’s the mark of a very good book. When I wasn’t reading it I looked forward to getting back to it, and when it was over I was very disappointed.

I’m very glad to hear there may be more coming with the same characters. Highly recommended.

5.0 out of 5 stars Not Belle de Jour – Miss Y. Maxwell “Ms M”

Ruth’s own experience and knowledge of the subject matters shows through, as does her respect and compassion for the characters. As I say, it’s no Belle de Jour. It shows another side of the sex work. Although these women are ‘high class,’ they are only one fix away from ending up on the streets. Although they are sex workers, that is not the focus and very little is shown of their work. It’s focus is on Shelley and her descent into addiction as she struggles to retain a grip on reality. These women have had bad knocks, but they are fighters, especially Shelley and Nicole. The world is one many will never see, but the author shows it and the humanity as well as they hurt and anger of the main characters .

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, heart-breaking and hopeful – Trista Hendren

This is a fascinating read of a world that remains unfamiliar to many women. What I liked the most about this book was how the author wrote her characters with such love – they were likeable women in an industry that is despised by many – addictions and all. I came away with a better understanding of prostitution and a stronger resolve to work towards a better world for ALL women.

5.0 out of 5 stars Very insightful read  Kacie

This was a really fascinating insight into the life of an addict and a prostitute. It’s narrated like she might be one of your girlfriends, making the story very relate-able and therefore it hits home a little harder and challenges any previously held judgments or prejudices. A great read!

5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling novel about prostitution and addiction – G. Polley

If you’re looking for a pleasant sort of read, Ruth Jacobs “Unforgivable” is not it. Honest books about the world of prostitution, drugs and addiction show what the life is really about, and it is not in any way a pretty one. Her novel about Shelley and her friends is chilling, lonely, and radically disconnecting. As I know from my own experience of active alcohol addiction, and from the subsequent work that I did with addicts, her novel presents a very clear picture of the world addicts and prostitutes live in.

I found the novel very difficult to read as I followed the lives of Shelley and her friends as their world shrinks around them, for Shelley shrinking to the point that it fits her like shrink wrap. Heroin is a very jealous lover that she won’t break free of until she gets help. Does she? That part of the story is not clear; again, that’s the world we addicts live in until, accepting help, we walk away from it.

I recommend this fine novel without reservation for everyone to read. Keep a box or two of tissues handy, because you’ll need them. Thank you, Ruth Jacobs, for writing and publishing this.

5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgivable is Unforgettable – Michelle

Ruth Jacobs invites you into a world that is not known to most of us, from the first page you are quickly gripped as the main character, Shelley Hansard, finds herself in a hotel room with a motionless body next to her. This thriller is intense, dark, full of mystery and suspense and at times quite funny.

Although a work of fiction, the writer has done a fantastic job of giving a truthful insight into the very real world of prostitution and the life of a call girl.

Graphic in some parts where you get a real sense of the trials and tribulations faced by the main character. A very insightful piece of writing and a must read.

Soul Destruction: Unforgivable can be downloaded for 99p on Kindle from Amazon UK and $1.55 from Amazon US.

Also available in e-book from Caffeine Nights (£1.95), in paperback from Caffeine Nights (£6.99), Amazon UK (£8.99) and Amazon US ($13.47).

The first three chapters can be read and downloaded here.

Soul Destruction: Unforgivable (a story of drug addiction and prostitution) reduced to 77p/$1.19 for a limited time

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If you missed Soul Destruction: Unforgivable when it was free on Kindle yesterday, all is not lost as the publisher has reduced it to 77p/$1.19 for the next week. The main storyline is based loosely on real events; though in real life, tragically the rapist wasn’t stopped.

Download from Amazon UK here,  Amazon US here and Amazon CA here. Also available worldwide.

If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download free Kindle apps for PCs, tablets and smartphones from Amazon UK here and from Amazon US here.

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In the spring of 1997, Shelley Hansard, a call girl who tries to live by the Golden Rule, finds herself in a suite at The Lanesborough Hotel with a dead client. Her fear of becoming a murder suspect pushes her deeper into addiction. Heroin costs her more than money and crack induces psychosis – seeing and hearing people others can’t.

As an intravenous user, her desirability as a top London call girl is waning and the skills required to keep up her multiple personas are weakening. Among her few friends and what remains of her broken family, she struggles to maintain her wall of lies: Shelley’s Anti-Heroin Front friends, Nicole and Tara, don’t know she has a habit, and her Aunt Elsie and her recluse mother, Rita, believe she works in Foxtons estate agency.

After a cocaine binge over Easter weekend, Shelley meets with Nicole and Tara in Hampstead. During their conversation at The Magdala, Shelley is shocked to learn that one of the clients who raped her also raped them. With her friends, she plots revenge. But when she embroils Len, a heroin addict and small-time criminal who, unknowingly to her, is also taking a shot at something bigger, their attempt to stop the serial rapist is in jeopardy.

“Unforgivable, Unputdownable. Great characters you will walk beside from page one. Great story you will not want to end.”

Sheila Quigley author of The Seahills series and The Holy Island trilogy.

Also available in e-book from Caffeine Nights (£1.95), and in paperback from Caffeine Nights (£6.99), Amazon UK (£8.99) and Amazon US ($12.21).