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Two New Titles From Sapphire Press: Three Dates and Banking on Love

This month, Sapphire Press, an imprint of Kwela Books, releases two new romance novels, Three Dates by Tshego Monaisa and Banking on Love by Sibusiswe Dhuwe:

Three DatesProfessional ballroom dancer, Lesedi Moatlegi, has looked after her sister, Karabo, ever since their mother died. Her dance partner, Nicholas, is her perfect match … but only on the dance floor. After eight months of dating, Lesedi discovers that Nicholas only sees her as a “dance partner with benefits”. Furious, she chucks him out of her personal life, but is bound by contract to dance with him.

Meanwhile, Karabo realises that her sister deserves a break from her role as provider, and needs to have some fun. She introduces Lesedi to investment banker, Tshepo Motsei and the two hit it off immediately. All Tshepo wants is three dates with Lesedi to prove himself. But Lesedi has a tendency to self-sabotage. Will she be able to embrace those aspects of her life that do not involve dancing?

About the author

Thirty-year-old Tshego Monaisa began her career in media as an intern in TV Production and Public Relations and grew to specialise in TV as a scriptwriter and script editor.

Having worked at the SABC in the Content Hub: Drama Department as a commissioning editor for two and a half years, Monaisa left in order to freelance and specialise in an industry she both loves and is passionate about.


Banking on LoveWhen it comes to her career, twenty-nine-year-old Nonkululeko Malashe has it all figured out – she is a junior buyer at a large retail store and also the owner of thriving online fashion portal The Green Room. Yet, her private life isn’t as rosy. Lulu’s mother and sister have their own aspirations for Lulu’s future, which include her marrying a wealthy man – any wealthy man…

But Lulu secretly has what she calls an Independence Plan – saving every penny in order to gain financial freedom and also freedom from her overbearing family. In the meantime, Lulu keeps the peace by going on dates with the suitor her sister has picked for her, Mr “Moneybags” Molefe, and then rushing off for some downtime with her best friend and confidant Dumisani Sexwale. Then one such night, Dumi kisses Lulu and her whole world is turned upside down…

About the author

Growing up in Harare, Sibusiswe Dhuwe wanted to be everything that was famous, fabulous and downright fanciful: a ballet star, a singer, an actor, a lawyer (like the ones in LA Law, not real life), a giant, a fairy queen, one of the Von Trapp Family Singers.

Never once did she think she would be a writer even though her one constant passion was books. After studying Law, and Diplomatic Studies, a brief stint as a PR and Legal Officer for a gold-mining company, Dhuwe packed it all in and became a full-time writer. Nine years and various publications later, Sibusiswe Dhuwe divides her time between Harare, Joburg, and the rest of the world.

Sibusiswe Dhuwe is a pseudonym.

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