I want to thank everyone who participated in this contest and shared some of the noble actions they've seen other people take. It wasn't easy to choose a winner, but I'm going to go with Karin, who wisely pointed out that heroism and honor are not the same thing. They share similarities, in that both require courage and both are the opposite of taking the easy way out. But an honorable act is one that arises from adherence to principle. Here's Robert Frost, "Stopping By Woods On a Snowy Evening:"
The woods are lovely, dark and deep -
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Honor is about keeping promises - to ourselves, to another person, to a community, to God - even (or especially) when we think no one is looking. In IF I LIE, Quinn keeps her promise to Carey even though it causes her great personal hardship, and even when Carey does not hold up his end of their bargain. I appreciate all of your comments, but since I have to choose, I appreciate Karin's thoughtful discussion most of all. So, Karin, if you would email me your address at email@example.com, I will send the book winging its way to you! Congratulations! And once again, thank you to everyone who stopped by and submitted a comment. I'll do more giveaways in the future, I promise! And thank you, Corinne Jackson, for posting about this contest and directing blog traffic my way.