I love L. J. Smith!
And I like that her publishers are re-releasing all her books.
I never really got into the Vampire Diary ones though... (don't hate me) I much prefered all the Night World ones, and the Secret Circle trilogy as they had witches!!
But her vampires are way cool. And they don't like shapeshifters either!
But she is a great writer. I knew of her a long time before the Twilight books, but I can see the similarities. And can love both!!
"After a few minutes, he asked, real quitely, if you turned into an animal, too. And I said, 'She wishes she was that cool!'"Jacob, Breaking Dawn