Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Did YOU have a beer with Alan Solomon in Beijing Last Night???

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From Alan:

I had a work meeting until 10pm last evening, when it finished my boss said 'lets go for a beer' we went to a small bar and I was standing there and this guy comes up to me and asks if I am Alan Solomon, I answered yes and he replied he had just finished reading the MTC and he said "It was outstandingly good"

He then said "i was wondering where it was going as the characters were introduced in the middle but then I read on and it all came to me" He said "i never thought I would ever bump into you and I only wish I had my copy here with me for an autograph!


Comment Regarding The Mango Tree Cafe - Part II Trailer


I have read the book four times now, I have never read the same novel so many times as I have this one. It is great and new things are revealed on every read. I hope I see more from you two again. Wonderful story, full of real life, I think.

YouTube - The Mango Tree Cafe, Loi Kroh Road - Part 2

Co-Author Note: Alan and I are currently working on a second novel as we speak.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008


If you started reading this blog early in the year of 2007, it has all culminated into this announcement.

Are you ready?

The Pulitzer Prize Winners and Finalists will be announced

APRIL 7, 2008.

Alan Solomon & Taryn Simpson are proud to announce that

"The Mango Tree Cafe, Loi Kroh Road" is nominated for


Happy New Year! - Another Review

This is from a fabulous editor/writer, Barbara Milbourn. She edits most all of my books and God love her, she definitely earns her money! Without further adieu,

The Mango Tree Café Loi Kroh RoadAuthor: Taryn Simpson & Alan Solomon
Author Web site: http://mangotreecafe-loikrohroad.blogspot.com/
Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQD0R5IXOhs
ISBN-13: 978-1430325222
Reviewer: Barbara Sharp Milbourn
Purchase at http://www.lulu.com/content/1019489 or Amazon.com

Alan Solomon and Taryn Simpson, in The Mango Tree Café Loi Kroh Road, present the life of Larry. We both meet and say goodbye to Larry as an old man sitting in his cane chair on the veranda of his Chiangmai home peering into the past and future. What’s in-between is an entertaining and sensitive story of a man’s awakening to find and serve the truth.

Larry, a teenager, heeds the words of his father to leave the small New Zealand village so that his achievement will be greater than “. . . watching the grass grow and releasing the pressure from the udders of cows. . .” His travels take him to Thailand, “Land of a Thousand Smiles” and to the fertile beauty of the Mae Rim region where the solitude of the jungle stands in sharp contrast to the noise and bustle of Chiangmai’s Loi Kroh Road.

On this famous and hypnotic road, the powerful and the powerless come to wash bad luck away in drink, prostitution, and anonymity.In one of its bars, Larry has a vision (not his first) that points him to partake of the road and feed it a different food, to experience a different kind of love, and to acknowledge and embrace his purposefulness.

I’m convinced that roads like this and their seedy, gritty dynamic exist around the world. What I especially liked about The Mango Tree Café Loi Kroh Road is that it places us in the pocket of Larry’s shirt closest to his heart. We are standing with him in the press of his life, peering into and out of the café, seeing it for what it is, meeting its characters, smelling its smells, tasting its strange humor and barely disguised grief.

We move back and forth through time and reality to the accident scene, and eventually come to rest as the realization of who he is and why he is here presents itself. Through Larry we are reminded of how little we are really known and understood by others—and often ourselves—and how his seeking is hardly different from our own if we will but stare into its face.

Enjoy The Mango Tree Café Loi Kroh Road.

Hear author Taryn Simpson in an interview with Barbara Milbourn by clicking on Taryn’s name on the right side bar at http://yvonneperry.blogspot.com.