A crowd of fellow chocolate lovers were on hand to purchase copies of the book and sample chocolates.
Slade said her son, Robert, came up with the idea of writing a book about her passion for chocolate after she retired as the director of religious education at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Valrico.
"My son suggested I combine my love for chocolate with the extra time I now have, so it seemed logical to visit places that specialize in the rich, sweet, melt-in-my-mouth goodness I can’t live without," said Slade.
"I gathered information and decided to write a book about the experience so other chocoholics could have a readily available guide to many of the chocolate offerings that are out there waiting for us," she said. "I had to do a lot of research for A Guidebook for Chocoholics , and it was all very tasty!
With a book signing at her favorite local chocolate shop Sept. 21 , The Original Leena's Chocolates , 1048 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico.