Publication Day Party!

Posted April 10th, 2012 by Candice

Hey, everybody!  It’s time for…

 Iva’s big day!  Today is the official launch date for Iva Honeysuckle Discovers the World (Disney Hyperion, April 2012). 


Iva!  Get on in here!  Everybody wants to meet you.

IvaComing!  The elastic busted on my discovery shorts.  I stapled ’em shut.

HeavenHow’re you supposed to go to the bathroom?

IvaI was hoping your invitation got lost in the mail.

Girls, you’re double-first cousins and best friends, sort of.  No bathroom talk and no sniping.  Iva, look, Connie Van Hoven sent you a congratulations present. 

IvaIt’s a miniature gardenia bush.  That’s so cool!

HeavenYou’ll have it killed in a week.

IvaI will not–!

Iva, somebody wants their book signed.

IvaMy public awaits me.  What a funny-looking kid.

HeavenDoes this party have a theme?  All successful parties have a theme.

What do the decorations make you think of?

HeavenPoor people.  Don’t you have a digital camera?  Everybody has one.

The theme is about discovering and exploring.  I think it’s time for refreshments.

IvaOh boy!  My favorite food in all the world, preacher cookies and cherry Kool-Aid.


HeavenGackkkkk!  The Kool-Aid doesn’t have any sugar!

IvaIt’s an acquired taste.  More for me.

Iva, do you know how preacher cookies got their name?

IvaYeah, Miz Compton, she’s the one who makes the cookies, she says–

HeavenDon’t tell it!  Make people buy the book if they want to find out.

Bye!  Take a treat on your way out.

IvaThere’s that funny-looking kid again.  Hey you, don’t peek at the ending.  Did he pay for that book?

That went pretty well, considering those two will never get along.  If you want to whip up a batch of Miz Compton’s Preacher Cookies, here’s the recipe:

1/2 cup butter or margarine…4 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder…2 cups sugar…1/8 tsp. salt…3 cups quick cooking oats…1/2 cup peanut butter…1 tsp. vanilla extract.  Mix butter, cocoa, sugar, milk, and salt in a saucepan.  Boil for one minute.  Stir in oatmeal, peanut butter, and vanilla.  Drop by tablespoonfuls on waxed paper.  Cool. 

IvaAnd here’s my special Kool-Aid recipe.  Mix one package of unsweetened cherry Kool-Aid with water.  Do NOT add sugar!  Pour over ice cubes.  Do NOT make a face!  Guaranteed to put hair on your chest.

Well, there she is.  If you’re brave enough, get a copy of Iva Honeysuckle Discovers the World.  Guaranteed to put hair on your chest.

31 Responses to “Publication Day Party!”

  1. Now this is what I call a party! Iva sounds like quite a character and I can’t wait to read all about her. The pictures, the food, and the conversation are all so inviting. I’ve been needing an excuse to act like a kid and discover the world all over again . . . thanks for a bright start to this day.

  2. Candice says:

    So glad you could make it! Be sure and take some of that candy before you leave (or I’ll have to eat it). And welcome to Uncertain, Virginia! You’ll love it there!

  3. Marty says:

    I remember those Preacher Cookies from our trip to New York. Good eating, that’s for sure. CONGRATULATIONS to you and Iva!

    • Candice says:

      I thought you were in Ireland! Yeah, those are the Preacher Cookies I made for Josh Adams and Quinlan Lee and left them on the train! Thanks and stop by Uncertain any time!

  4. jama says:

    Wow, this is the COOLEST party ever. Beautiful photos!!! And that funny kid is so photogenic. What a feast for the eyes, so many wonderful things to gawk at.

    I’ll take some of that SKYBAR and a couple of cookies and more KoolAid and a Goo Goo Cluster and are those RED JELLY BEANS?! Those are my favorite. You put them out just for me, right?

    Ooooooo,sugar overload.

    Happy Book Birthday, Iva and Heaven and Candice!!

    • Candice says:

      That funny-looking kid was jerked out of a dead sleep, but started purring when I put the red bow on him. He’s not as photogenic as he used to be.

      The Goo-Goo Cluster is gone (hee-hee) but there is one Skybar and loads of *wild cherry* jelly beans for you! Grab a handful!

  5. Tracey Adams says:

    Watch out, world, here comes IVA!!!! I know some girls who won’t have to be asked twice to make us some preacher cookies for this party!

  6. Candice says:

    Tell those girls I said hello and I will see them in June! Can’t wait till then!

  7. Connie Van Hoven says:

    Woo-hoo! Iva’s on her way!! Vanilla taffy is my fave. Wish I had one to enjoy with my Cheerios this morning. Just think, I never knew what a Goo-Goo Cluster was til I met you. And I never met such thoroughly enjoyable characters either. (Both you and your literary creations)

    Party On!

    • Candice says:

      Iva is very excited over her very own miniature gardenia bush. That taffy will pull out every filling! Great month for both of us–new book for me, new puppy for you and Greg!

  8. Wow, when Jama says it’s a good party, you know it’s a party!

    I loved all the guests! It’s not even I get so many laughs over my breakfast (don’t worry, I changed out of my pajamas for the party).

    Huge congratulations!

    • Candice says:

      Thanks, Jeanine. Hey, you could have come in your pjs! Iva’s shorts were stapled shut and the funny-looking kid’s bow tie was crooked. Hardly a formal affair!

  9. tere says:

    p.s. there is no image for IVA on amazon under the hardback page… it’s only on the kindle page 🙁

  10. Melodye says:

    Woo hoo, you sure do know how to throw a party! Gardenias and tulips, preacher cookies and some of my favorite candies!! But best of all, there’s IVA, and some of my favorite adventurers, gathered in her honor. And who’s that, peeking out from behind the camera? Candice Ransom, of course. *hands you a virtual bouquet, along with hugs and all best wishes*

    • Candice says:

      Melodye, I’m so glad you came! Iva thinks you’re the coolest and Heaven is excited because she thinks you’re some sort of Sunday school teacher, only famous. You made our day!

  11. Congratulations, Candice!!! And gee whiz, I made preacher cookies all the time growing up. 😉

  12. Candice says:

    Thanks, Kimberley! Everybody knows this recipe, but they usually call them “no-bake” cookies. The story behind their real name is much better!

  13. Emily Meehan says:

    YAY!! What a party this is. I wish I were there! Happy book birthday, Iva! I can’t wait for you, the discoverer, to be discovered by a lot of lucky kids!!

    • Candice says:

      Everybody, this is Iva’s editor! Iva, please don’t gawk, it’s not polite. Miss Emily helps me fix make your stories even better. So we’re lucky, too! Thanks for coming by!

  14. Dara Dokas says:

    Congratulations! It looks like a great character. I can’t wait to read it!

    • Candice says:

      Dara, I’ve read about you and your daughter in the Wall Street Journal! Talk about famous! Iva is all agog, as you can see. She wants to be in the paper in the worst way.

  15. Melissa G says:

    Oh my! Look at all that yummy food. Surely Iva, you’re not going to be able to eat all that by yourself. I think I will have to come over there and help finish eating it with you.

  16. Han says:

    Congratulations, Candice!! I’ll have to try the preacher cookies without the sugar–just like the Kool-Aid–it’s an acquired taste.

  17. Candice says:

    Thanks, Han! Preacher cookies without sugar–hmmm, don’t know about that. I think maybe applesauce will make them too gooey. But it’s worth a try! Thanks for coming to our party!

  18. Sorry I ate all the cookies, but they tasted so
    good . . . 🙂

    Oh, you’re making more? Great.

    Hooray for Iva. I seriously love that book. I was so happy when Kathi Appelt gave it to be to read while in Texas. It’s the kind of book I would have loved to tuck under my arm and go sit on a blanket under a tree when I was young. All good magical luck with it, C.

    • Candice says:

      Rebecca, high praise coming from you. When I was Iva’s age, I loved to read in my back yard on a blanket, usually in the early evenings. To think this might be one of those books . . . wow!

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