2019 Indie Best Award Long-List: Britfield & the Lost Crown.

Shelf Media hosts the annual Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition for best self-published or independently published book. In addition to prizes, the winner, finalists, long-listed, and more than 100 notable books from the competition are featured in the December/January issue of Shelf Unbound.

Tom has spent the majority of his life locked behind the cruel walls of Weatherly Orphanage, but when he learns that his parents might actually be alive, Tom is determined to find them. Together, with his best friend Sarah and armed with only the word “Britfield” as a clue to Tom’s mysterious past, the two make a daring escape. Now, they are on the run from a famous Scotland Yard detective and what appears to be half of the police officers in England! The hunt is on, but will Tom and Sarah be able to evade capture long enough to solve an even bigger conspiracy that could tear apart the country? 

Multiple Award-Winning, Britfield and the Lost Crownby C.R. Stewart, is the first book in a thrilling seven-part series based on family, friendship, loyalty, and courage that is written for pre-teens, Y/A, and readers of all ages. Britfield and its heroes, Tom and Sarah, take readers on an epic adventure as they travel across England. With its stimulating language and stunning historical and geographical asides, Britfield engages the reader from the very first pages and doesn’t let go until it reaches its exciting conclusion!

About the Author: C. R. Stewart

Originally from in Newport Beach, California, C. R. Stewart has 20 years of experience writing fiction, nonfiction, and movie screenplays. His areas of expertise also includes film and media production, global strategy, and international marketing.

“Britfield & The Lost Crown was conceived as an idea over 10 years ago while I was enduring a tedious finance seminar. It started as a sketch of a hot air balloon with a young boy and girl trapped inside. From this simple drawing sprang the entire concept and story for Britfield.”


Every so often, Tom gave the balloon a long blast of hot air to maintain its altitude. While they drifted southeast toward London, their main concern was Gowerstone. Peering through the binoculars, Tom searched for the helicopter.

“I don’t see him.”

“Do you think he gave up?”

“No,” he replied quickly. “He’ll never give up.”

“We seem safe for now.”

“For the moment,” he added with caution.

As Sarah admired the scenery, Tom reached into his pocket to retrieve her locket.

“This really does bring me luck,” he concluded, handing it to her. “Thanks for letting me

borrow it.”

“It’s yours, silly,” she smiled, pushing it back. “Just promise you’ll always keep it with you.”

“But —”


“All right . . . it’s a deal.” Stuffing it back in his pocket, he felt the piece of paper Patrick gave him and removed it.

“What’s that?” she inquired curiously.

“Before we left, Patrick broke into the Grievouses’ office and looked through my file. He wrote something down.”

“Let’s see.”

Tom opened it. Scribbled across the page was just one word.

“Hmm,” he grunted, expecting detailed information.

“What does it say?” she demanded.


“Britfield? What the heck does that mean?”

“How am I supposed to know?”

“There must be more.” She snatched the paper from his hand and thoroughly examined both sides. Dissatisfied, she shook her head. “So Patrick breaks into the office, sneaks your file out, and writes only one word on it — is he mad?”

“I’m sure he was in a hurry,” his voice deepened, “given that we were planning to rescue you and everything.”

“Then it’s a clue?”

“It’s a name.”

“Maybe it’s your last name,” she suggested encouragingly.

This comment caught Tom off guard. After all these years of having only a first name, it was a lot to digest and felt rather strange.

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Article originally Published in the December/January 2020 Issue “2019 Indie Best Award Winners”

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