Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead

· Toad Witch Book 1 · Christiana MIller
698 reviews

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Mara's life is about to get a magical makeover, but not the kind she ever dreamed of!

In the middle of the worst month of her life, Mara turns to her tarot cards. And what they predict is insanely horrible. And unfortunately, spot on. Before she knows it, she's evicted from her apartment, fired from her job and banned from Beverly Hills. When the cards start predicting her imminent demise, she decides to use a little magic to make her world right again.

Suddenly, an unknown aunt passes away, leaving Mara as her sole heir. But Mara’s new home holds a spine-tingling secret: Aunt Tillie never moved out. She’s one seriously pissed-off old ghost, who blames Mara's magical meddling for her untimely death.

When Mara accidentally unleashes a demon and raises the spirit of the most formidable witch in history, Aunt Tillie is out for blood, literally. It's the only way she can think of to save Mara from herself.

But the witch and the demon have their own plans for Mara, leading to a spellbinding showdown in a tale that blends humor, suspense, and a dash of supernatural mischief.

Brace yourself for a wild ride in "Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead," an edgy urban fantasy that blends humor and supernatural suspense!


"What a fun book. I fell asleep reading it and in the morning, I stayed in bed to finish it." -- Finals Judge, 2012 Writers Digest Self-Published Book Awards

"This was so much fun to read I didn't want it to end! If you are looking for a paranormal story that has it all, this is it!" -- Wickedly Bookish

"Get ready for a psychic roller coaster ride. This book is a tour de force novel of magic, spellcraft and overall chills." -- Everything Magical and Middle Eastern

"A tremendous amount of fun to read. Christiana Miller's background in the TV industry shows in her confident, imaginative plotting and idiosyncratic characters that leap off the page." -- Reading is My Super Power


"This was such a fun read! It's not all witchiness, though, it's also witty, romantic, and heartfelt. You won't be able to put it down." -- Sibel Hodge, Voodoo Deadly

"A spellbinding tale about the families we are born to -- and the ones we choose. It captivates from the first page and holds on until the final, shocking conclusion. You won't want to miss it!" -- Barbra Annino, Opal Fire: A Stacy Justice Mystery

"A fine romp through spookyland, with enough paranormal creepiness to chill your blood. Witches, demons, magic spells, oh my! There's just enough intrigue and magic spells to keep you on edge, and Miller's hilarious one-liners leave you begging for more. Highly recommended for fun but scary reading on dark, stormy nights." -- Bonnie Turner, Down the Memory Hole

Ratings and reviews

698 reviews
Connie Carswell
June 11, 2017
This is the second time I’ve read this book and it was just as good as the first time! I read it again in preparation for reading the second book in this series, “Somebody tell Aunt Tilly We're In Trouble”. The storyline isn’t really unique, but it’s told in a fresh, new and exciting way. I can’t wait to find out what’s in store for the characters, and look forward to reading their next sexcapades, oops, um, I mean escapades! Connie Carswell @orcanut @orcaloopy Ottawa, Ontario
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Jenn Gee
September 26, 2019
The book was a decent read, although a bit stilted at times. I don't tend to give 5 stars because that indicates there's no room for improvement. My single thought is there's a lot of story packed into the book. And sometimes it was a bit confusing keeping up with the characters. I'll reserve final judgement after reading another. Don't stop writing. It's a very brave move to self publish.
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Lindsey Desh
June 2, 2018
I really enjoyed the ideas in this book. Some of it was predictable like most things when you are an avid reader/writer/film and TV watcher but I liked the cadence and the flow of the story. I never felt it drag or go too fast. My criticisms: 3-5 typos that I caught. It rubs me the wrong way when a book has typos/grammar issues. Some of the wording seemed forced at times or used too often. 'The Hairy Eye' was one of them that comes to mind as well as random words that didn't seem to fit the prose. I wish there was a little more to Mara as she is the main Protagonist. I only got to know her superficially, it felt. My praises: The 'supporting cast' Aunt Tillie and Gus were fantastically created. I could picture them and feel their realism. The verbiage the characters used most often was believable and something I could relate to. The settings, locations and descriptions were well thought out. Not overly described but neither lacking. I cannot wait to read more about Mara MacDougal <3
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About the author

Christiana Miller is a novelist, screenwriter and mom who's led an unusual life. In addition to writing for General Hospital: Night Shift and General Hospital, she's had her DNA shot into space (where she's currently cohabiting in a drawer with Stephen Colbert and Stephen Hawking), she's been serenaded by Klingons, and she's been the voices of all the female warriors in Mortal Kombat II and III. If her life was a TV show, it would be a wacky dramedy filled with Dobies and eccentric characters who get themselves into bizarre situations!

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